Saturday, March 29, 2008

Vegetable Beef Soup

My mom made a vegetable beef soup for as long as I can remember. This is my take on her classic version. Perfect for cold winter weekends when all you want to do is curl up on the couch and stay warm.

1 to 1 1/2 lbs beef stew meat
6 cups beef broth
1 medium onion, diced
1 packet onion soup mix
2 large potatoes, peeled and diced
1 large bag mixed, frozen vegetables
1 to 1 1/2 cups canned tomatoes

In medium skillet, brown stew meat in a bit of butter or oil
Add onion and sautee until tender and beef is nearly cooked
Add packet of onion soup mix and stir to combine

Pour beef broth into large soup pot and begin to bring to boil
Add beef and onion mixture to broth, add potatoes

Simmer for 30 to 40 minutes until potatoes are tender and beef is completely cooked
Add frozen vegetables and undrained, canned tomatoes ( note: amount of tomatoes can be altered to make a more savory or more tangy soup, I prefer a bit less tomatoes)

Simmer until vegetables are tender

Serve with crusty bread or rolls

Works great as a left-over for meals during the week

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